Director, Membership

Seth has been Manager and Development of Commercialisation at James Cook University since 2017. Prior to this he spent 4 years as CEO Swinburne Ventures Ltd and led Swinburne Knowledge, the commercialisation unit at Swinburne University of Technology, Victoria, Australia, as Director. At James Cook University Seth leads the development and commercialisation team for the entire university, working across medicine, science, engineering and ICT. His team has specific goals of increasing industry contact and collaboration, disseminating knowledge into the community, and enabling our researchers in the development of world class research into products and processes that impact the region and society.

He has 18 years commercial experience within a range of business areas including human resources, market research, demographic marketing, academia and sporting tourism working with consulting, manufacturing, pharmaceutical, IT/Telecommunication firms, universities and retail industries on a variety of commercial projects.

He has facilitated negotiation and completion of numerous technology based agreements and partnerships with companies in Australia and internationally. Recent commercial cases include investments into a new biotech company; in developing smart-mosquito traps; in multiple astrophysics based IMAX movie projects; and a solar energy project. 

Prior to his time at Swinburne, Seth worked at Accenture and Pacific Dunlop, specialising in organizational and operational change, financial risk analysis and compliance of customer groups. His qualifications include a Bachelor of Science Degree in Molecular Biology and Biochemistry, PhD in biochemistry from the University of Glasgow, a Masters in Entrepreneurship and Innovation from Swinburne University of Technology and he is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. He is currently Principal of Oxford Consulting Associates. University spin out ventures where he acted as Director included Purple Panda Pty Ltd, BR (Vic) Pty Ltd, Rabit Joint Venture Ltd and CASTservices Pty Ltd.

Seth Jones
Manager Development and Commercialisation
James Cook University
Tel: +61 7 4232 1783
seth.jones@jcu.edu.au